Derriford Research Facility: support our research

Key research themes at the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

80 per cent of the research undertaken at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) is classed as "significant" or world-leading" by the Research Excellence Framework, 2014.

There are three themes of research conducted at our £17m Derriford Research Facility:

  • neurodegenerative
  • infection, immunity and inflammation, and
  • cancer 

Key research theme 1: neurodegenerative diseases

Within this theme we are looking to support a range of diseases and conditions including Huntington's, Parkinson's, dementia, and stroke.

  • 850,000 people with dementia in the UK - Alzheimer's Society
  • 127,000 people living with Parkinson's - Parkinson's UK
  • a child of a parent with Huntington's disease has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the fatal brain disorder - NHS UK

Our research focuses on finding answers to the most pressing medical questions and the Derriford Research Facility will provide the space, technology, and draw valuable partnerships to accelerate our research forward.

Dr Camille Carroll talks of the unique Parkinson's research in this video.

Supporting Huntington's research
 

Dr Shuoquing Luo leads our research into Huntington's disease. A condition which gradually affects the ability to walk, talk, think, and reason until eventually full-time care is needed.

"There is real potential for the development of an effective therapy for this devastating neurological disease, for which there is currently no cure." Dr Luo.

Dr Luo and his team receive support from a local fundraising group, pictured below.

You can donate directly to our Huntington's fundraising Just Giving page 


Key research theme 2: infection, immunity and inflammation


Within our research theme of infection, immunity and inflammation is the research into antibiotic resistance, Ebola, and bovine tuberculosis. 

Antibiotic resistance is an increasing concern that affects everybody and is stated as being as big a threat to global health as climate change. So much so, that World Antibiotic Awareness Week was set up to raise awareness of the issue.

Antibiotic resistance


In this video, Dr Mathew Upton, Associate Professor (Reader) in Medical Microbiology, talks about his work with antibiotics.

A major area of Dr Upton’s research is in the discovery and development of a new class of antibiotics; antimicrobial peptides, for use in treating and preventing drug-resistant infections such a MRSA, potentially with one dose.

Key research theme 3: cancer

Within this research theme we focus on:

  • oral cancer
  • brain tumours, and
  • non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

Our research expertise and accolades give us great confidence in these areas of research. Professor Simon Rule leads our research in non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and his team are pioneering a front line study comparing cutting edge non-chemo therapy treatments with the traditional chemo therapy treatment.